Rule #1: Don't piss off the sound guy!
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Sitting at home on a quiet Tuesday afternoon with my kids (Mom away at school where's she's learnin' things) and congratulating myself for having gotten the big week/end schedule done when the phone rings/buzzes/email explodes. "WHERE ARE YOU?" is the message that sets my heart racing. "Tech is in minutes! Doors are soon!" I had sent the crew home after a morning of cleanup around the shop and I knew they were all doing smart things like riding bicycles in the sunshine. Looking at my…Continue
Oy vey. We'll see how this shapes up.
So it's the City Opera's 50th Anniversary and they wanted to go big with a gala event outside their fancy new-ish riverside headquarters. Final design has two tents at a 90-degree angle with a stage between them. A pre- and post-party tent sticks into their parking lot while a dinner tent stretches off down the middle of the street. Lamp posts and whatnot limit our width to 40' and the dinner tent will be 170' long with a small stage…Continue
It's that time of year again -- in between our Spring and Fall gala seasons, I get a run of events that varies pretty heavily in my role and challenges. Two big tent dinners for about 700 kick it off this year -- one is an audio-only gig but with the commandment from the client that audio be "invisible", the other handling video, lighting, staging/roof and sound on a tight time frame. From there I head to our state Miss America competition for a week promising to feature a LOT of action in…Continue
With an urgent call to revamp a very overmatched wedding chapel PA, I started looking at the current field of rack mount/iPad mixers. The folks running daily operation are decidedly nontechnical and they really just needed a way to turn things on and off with minimum chance of screwup.
The Mackie and Behringer offerings got crossed off the list pretty quickly by offering zero onboard control. Dealing with a network connection and software was probably too much to ask of the…Continue
Hired for a gala event in a room I know to be difficult. Quick program, a fundraising appeal and then the guests retire upstairs for a dance party. We walk in to discover the room PACKED with chairs -- literally barely enough room to walk through them -- this diagram does NOT do justice to the lack of space.
The venue informs me that NO speaker stands can be placed on the floor as they interfere with catering. Thinking fast, I pulled in column arrays and made it through the…Continue